Gorgeous Beach Scene

I found this on Flickr and loved it. It is a stunning picture with great compositional elements and spot on focusing.

I love the colours and the overall feeling of sunset tranquillity it gives.

montserrat A

montserrat A

montserrat A,
originally uploaded by Manel ^ Urindar.

Stunning landscape and a good reason for browsing through Flickr pics.

While it can be argued that flickr has a mixed bag of images (in terms of quality), it is undeniable that there are some stunning captures there.

Fantastic HDR

(0718) ÜÇH?SAR (Cappadocia) Turkey

(0718) ÜÇH?SAR (Cappadocia) Turkey,
originally uploaded by Joanot.


Cappadocia is an amazing area of Turkey, with stunning tufa formations that people have carved homes into for thousands of years.

Strangely Popular

While I have been busy over the last few weeks I’ve been unable to spend time looking at the stats for my Flickr images – this is unusual because all of us at WhyDontYou towers are somewhat stats obsessed. However, I found time to catch up today and what a bit surprised.

Now there is a fairly consistent amount of views on the photos in my Flickr stream with predictable changes when I add new photos or put some effort into getting them more visibility. Unsurprisingly, almost all my visitors come from Flickr with a rare few being driven from various blogs (hardly ever here…shame on you all) or other sites. Today this consistency was there, with one exception – this image:

Lemur Boxing

For some reason, this image has been getting more traffic than any other image over the last month, and almost all this traffic is coming from google images. Over the last month, 91% of the traffic to this image has come from google images (almost all using “Animals” as the search term) while a further 8% has come from Yahoo Images (even more bizarrely, this is normally from a search for “Boxing”…) with almost none coming from organic Flickr searches. I have tried both google and Yahoo searches and I cant make this image appear in the first 10 pages or so of either engine.

I find it a bit strange that enough people are searching for animal and / or boxing images to wade through pages of results before deciding to visit this one. I find it equally strange that, given the number of animal images I have on flickr, this effect seems isolated to this image. It has gone from relative obscurity (around 1000 views in total) to one of the most viewed images in my photostream – currently 5,556 views in just over a month. (Not that I am complaining but none of these people even leave comments!)

If anyone has any insight as what may be causing this, I’d love to hear it.

Home

Well I am home now and a bit jet lagged. Given the circumstances I think this is a suitable picture:

Hillsborough Lake

The beautiful relaxing green water at the lake in Hillsborough Forest Park. I dread to think what made the water green though…

Path Home

Well, this is pretty much the end of my holiday and all going well, I should be flying back tonight. Such a shame. Still, there is always next year.

With this in mind, this picture seemed quite appropriate:

Path to the beach

This was taken walking home from the beach in North Devon.

April evening

April evening

April evening,
originally uploaded by Amymillerphotos.

This is stunning.

This is yet another amazing picture on Flickr. There is little point in writing about it, because its beauty speaks for itself.

Please log into your flickr accounts now and say hi to the person who managed to capture this beauty.

Un mercoledi da tigrotti

I am a sucker for high contrast black and white. Too often BW images get uploaded to flickr when they are actually tones of grey. This can look good in its place, but for me at least, black and white wins out every time.

This is a great example of the contrast working well. In colour, if you didnt know the people, this may well be a bland image. In black and white it screams dramatic.

Portugal 2008-9026791

Portugal 2008-9026791

Portugal 2008-9026791,
originally uploaded by myobb.

Very impressive bit of iconography here.

Interesting architecture mixed with a wonderfully shaped sky producing a lovely shot.

melancholy…

melancholy...

melancholy…,
originally uploaded by Jana...

This is gorgeous.

The tones and colours are really relaxing, making this an all round great shot.

I love pictures like this.

Casual Cheetah

Casual Cheetah


Casual Cheetah,
originally uploaded by Wild Dogger.

Continuing my theme on Flickr Photographs, this is another excellent one from the Awesome Picture Award group.

Big cats always look good in photos, but I love the way this one shows the animal obviously interested in something offscreen. The focusing is fantastic – certainly not an easy task out in the field, especially given the similarity between tones which will make autofocus a nightmare.

An all round WELL DONE regarding this picture. I love it.

Ratingen – Wasserburg Haus zum Haus

Moving away from posting my own pictures, I thought I would highlight some of the other fantastic ones on Flickr.

I really love this picture, it has an amazing sense of “Germanic” tranquillity about it.

Giants Causeway Photography

Some more pictures from my photostream:

Giants Causeway

Hopefully my holiday will be going well 🙂

Gorgeous Photo Effect



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originally uploaded by Vicky ta.

I love this effect on photographs. From what I can see it is cross processing mixed with a heavy vignette. If any one has a better insight into this technique, please let me know.

Photo Gallery

Aside

In addition to viewing my wonderful pictures on Flickr ( 🙂 ) you can now check them out on the Why Dont You Gallery. In addition to this, Heather is currently working hard to create a gallery / ordering system where you can buy prints or purchase digital rights to a wide selection of images. If all goes well the Ogum site should be up and running in time for Christmas. Feel free to purchase some huge prints to hang on your atheist walls 🙂 .